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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Dorsal view of a Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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3wt Glass Rod - Great Fight!
Casting Lessons With My Daughter

Report at a Glance

General RegionPacific Northwest
Specific LocationRogue River, Southern Oregon
Dates FishedFriday, June 6th & Saturday, June 7th
Time of DayEvening hatch on Friday, Morning hatch on Saturday
Fish CaughtRainbow Trout
Conditions & HatchesSunny and warm (about 85 degrees) during the day cooling off (to about 65 degrees) for the evening. Friday night there was a pretty nice salmon fly hatch where the trout were going crazy for Stimulator patterns. Saturday morning there were all kinds of gnats out, but I had no success as far as fish goes.

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RogueBum on Jun 10, 2014June 10th, 2014, 9:54 am EDT
It was a great to trip to the Upper Rogue River (in beautiful Southern Oregon) over this past weekend. I took a 3wt glass rod and a 5wt graphite rod with me and hiked about 45 minutes down into a little canyon that the river flows through.

I had my daughter with me and a good friend from work and we all decided to camp for the night so we could hit the morning hatch. We arrived on Friday evening just in time to set up camp and get geared up. The trout were biting like crazy! Rising to anything over a size 10 hook, they were feeding on a salmon fly hatch that we were not expecting.

Dinner was good that night! Nothing under 10".

The next morning though, it seemed like the river dried up. In 2 hours of fishing, I didn't get one grab or see a single rise! I started with the Stimulator pattern... nothing. I switched to a Parachute Adams with a Prince Nymph dropper... nothing. Finally I went to a Griffith's Gnat because of what appeared to be a million gnats flying around everywhere... nothing.

Maybe we caught them all the night before ;) Fun trip though!
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Motrout on Jun 10, 2014June 10th, 2014, 10:07 am EDT
What a beautiful river you've got there. As for your lack of success the second day.......fishing's weird sometimes. Who knows, but they were probably too full of salmonflies to care about anything else.

Thanks for posting!
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
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Roguerat on Jun 10, 2014June 10th, 2014, 12:43 pm EDT


Your Rogue is a bit faster (and has some real rocks...not cobble) than our version here in Michigan. Great pictures of a beautiful trout stream, I'd like to fish it before I get too old to wade.


I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Jun 10, 2014June 10th, 2014, 12:58 pm EDT
That river looks wonderful! I would love to fish it sometime!
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Price, Utah

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Powellammon on Jun 16, 2014June 16th, 2014, 3:19 pm EDT
Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Nice job on teaching your daughter to fly fish!!!

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